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THE WHITMAN SAMPLER MIXTAPE SERIES PARTICIPANTS

The Walt Whitman Sampler Mixtape Series is a 10-part poetic and musical collaboration between local vocalists, musicians and poets working together to celebrate the life and work of the 19th-century American poet, Walt Whitman. This mixtape series, which is available to the public as a free download, acknowledges his influential contribution to modern American expression and his challenge to our democracy.

 

 

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The artists participating in this mixtape series are listed in alphabetical order by Last Name.

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Michael AndrewsMichael Andrews is a gifted Jazz vocalist who is often compared to the likes of Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock & Joe Williams. Andrews sings a wide variety of music including Standards, R & B, Spirituals, and Jazz.  He enchants with his velvety smooth bass-baritone voice. Andrews has performed as a feature artist with Big Bands such as: The Midnight Sun Orchestra, The Jazz Lobsters Big Band and The Clef Club Community Big Band. He has performed at venues such as The SugarHouse Casino, The Philadelphia Clef Club, Dante Hall in Atlantic City, Mohonk Mountain House in the Catskills, Madame C. J. Walker House in Indianapolis, The Coconut Grove in the Phillipines, The Virginia Opera House and many summer festivals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitman Mixtape - Waverly Alston Waverly Alston, Jr. is a singer, composer and choirmaster who has engaged in music ministry for over 20 years. In 1999, he formed Waverly Alston In The Company of Friends (WAITCF)--a vocal ensemble with a message. WAITCF has performed at The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Berks Jazz Festival, West Oak Lane Jazz Festival and other east coast venues. Alston also provides male engagement workshops redirecting urban males to find alternatives to negative paths through self-awareness. Alston serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Valley Forge and is currently working on projects for the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Jazz Project. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitman Mixtape - John BargerJohn Wall Barger is a West Philly poet and the author of four collections of poetry: His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Awl, Vallum, Pleiades, Poetry Ireland Review, Antioch Review, Literary Matters, Cimarron Review, Fiddlehead, American Literary Review, Subtropics, Hotel Amerika and elsewhere. His poem “Smog Mother” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth collection of poems is The Mean Game published on Palimpsest Press in 2019. He is an editor for The Painted Bride Quarterly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Lenny BelascoLeonard Belasco is a poet, drummer and yoyo master from the Germantown community of Philadelphia. He has spent a large chunk of his life in public school classrooms inspiring students to acquire a love of literature and an ability to express themselves. His personal inspiration came primarily from a blend of poetry and jazz. He was influenced by his Uncle Mort, a drummer and teacher who introduced him to a lifelong love of drummers and playing drums. Belasco has performed with Khan Jamal and other Germantown artists. Leonard Belasco has recently turned a serious eye on his poetry; revisiting and revising manuscripts, while at the same time investigating new territory. Joining poetry and jazz together in this unique project has been a welcome challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bethlehemBethlehem Roberson was raised in an active, church-going Philadelphia family, where she became steeped in the traditions of gospel music. Later, she took on the Hebrew faith, merging her gospel background with the traditions of Judaism. A singer all her life, Bethlehem participated in open mic events and spoken word presentations. She has performed at Relish, LaRose Jazz Cafe, The Rotunda, Clef Club, Irvine Auditorium, Temple Performing Arts Center and other venues. Bethlehem draws influences from male vocalist like Sam Cooke, David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye and Prince. As a writer, her studies of the Torah and other sacred Hebrew texts teach her that words have sacred power and must be used wisely and carefully.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Bismuth Quartet Bismuth Quartet is a Philadelphia-based ensemble that takes the string quartet into new territory through diverse repertoire and collaborations. Equally at home playing modern, classical, experimental and improvised music, Bismuth Quartet has collaborated with the Space Whale Orchestra, indie-pop band Brother Martin, Arcana New Music EnsembleClap Your Hands Say Yeah, Philadelphia Jazz Project, NYC-based composer Anaïs Maviel and video artist/choreographer Nora Gibson aka CHROMA. Bismuth Quartet encourages the creation of new work and is in the midst of a commission in collaboration with composer Adam Berenson and has recently released their premiere recording of Caroline Shaw’s, Entr’acte. Bismuth Quartet is: Carlos Santiago & Gabe Miller, violins; Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola; Carolina Diazgranados, cello.

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Veronica BowlanVeronica Bowlan is a Philadelphia poet who uses the experiences of life and the spoken word to shape her writing. She is interested in how sharing our experiences through words helps builds creative and lasting human connections. She hosts a monthly Poetry Night at the Mermaid Inn in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA. She is also part of the Way of Words Poetry and Art Project with painter Andrew Christman, which presents interactive workshops, events and exhibitions that explore the intersections where written and visual languages merge. Focusing on themes of experience and memory in nature, the "urban wilderness"of Germantown and Mt. Airy serves as their muse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Miles Orion Butler Miles Orion Butler is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Philadelphia who plays and records with several bands. Miles has toured nationally as a solo artist and with the folk ensemble The Breaking Yard. Recently he has been working with the poet and singer Ursula Rucker as her accompanist and workshop facilitator. Miles is also the co-owner of Germantown Espresso Bar, a coffee shop and community space in Germantown. Miles is the co-founder of Songs in the Key of Free, a non-profit that brings songwriting workshops to prisons in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Paul Butler Paul Butler is a gifted woodwind player, improvisor and educator. He has performed and recorded with Grammy Award-winning cellist David Darling at the International Cello Festival in Montreal, Canada, on the recordings Balance, In Tune, and Open Window, as well as on the soundtrack for the Knosis film, The Song of the Stars. Butler and Hot House (Eric Henry - tuba & Jim Smith - guitar & vocals) were selected as US State Department, Jazz Ambassadors to the Middle East. As a Jazz Ambassador, Butler performed and taught in Syria, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco and Tunisia. His music can also be heard on Gothic Storm--a music library for the film industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Charles Carr Charles Carr is a Philadelphia poet who has two published books of poetry: Paradise, Pennsylvania, Haitian Mudpies, and Other Poems. Carr's poems have been published in various local and national poetry journals, both in print and digita formats, including the Mad Poets Review. Carr hosts the monthly Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s and Philly Loves Poetry--a monthly broadcast on PhillyCAM. Charles Carr has presented readings at Green Line Café, The Mad Poets Festival, The Philadelphia Free Library and the University City Arts League. Professionally, Charles Carr works in the social and community development field, where has served for over 40 years.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Darcell Coklay Darcell Coklay (Watson), a vocalist who sings in the soprano range, was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She attended The Arts High School for Performing Arts and received a BA from William Paterson University and an MA from Chestnut Hill College. Coklay has been singing since she was a little girl, primarily in church. She has sung with several groups and ensembles in various churches over the years but her father, an upright bassist, inspired her love for jazz. Currently, Darcell Coklay enjoys Neo-jazz, Neo-Soul, Free-jazz, jazz-fusion, jazz-funk, cool-jazz and her favorite, Straight-ahead jazz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitman Mixtape - Erica Corbo Erica Corbo is a pianist, vocalist, flautist and performance artist from Philadelphia. She approaches her playing from a strong melodic standpoint, while leaving room for experimentation. Extensive knowledge of the Alexander Technique empowers her playing with a physical balance and grace. Corbo leads her own small jazz ensemble on piano and voice, and also performs solo piano. She also plays with and manages the free improv ensemble Space Whale Orchestra. She performs original music from her latest album, I, America, in her stage show, An American Odyssey Through Space and Time.  She is the pianist and Minister of Music at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Yeadon, PA, and teaches private lessons and group classes in piano, flute, and improvisation.

 

 

 

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Remedy - Keith DeStefano Keith DeStefano is a Philly-based bassist, composer, and leader of the ensemble Puzzlebox. He has been featured on radio broadcasts at NPR, WHYY and WRTI. In 2014 he was Music Director and arranger for a 19-piece big band celebrating the music of Billy Strayhorn at the OutBeat Jazz Festival in Philadelphia. He has performed at the Cape May Jazz Fest, World Café Live, The Pennsylvania Acadmy of Fine Arts, Venice island Perfoming Arts & Recreation Center, The Planetarium of the Franklin Institute, Clef Club of Jazz, West Chester University, Chris Jazz Café, University of Pennsylvania, Trenton Grounds for Sculpture, West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Twins, Ortleibs, and other venues in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Ellect aka Steve TysonEllect (aka "The Intellect") is a musician, filmmaker, educator, and founder of JusListen Entertainment--a multimedia arts-based company dedicated to promoting critical thinking and freedom of artistic expression through Hip-Hop culture. With over 1 million total plays across digital platforms including SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and Tidal, Ellect has performed at legendary venues including the Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Caffe Lena. He also composed the theme song for "StarTalk All-Stars" on Sirius XM Radio. He is a proud member of the Universal Zulu Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Paul GiessPaul Giess is an active freelance trumpet player composer and education in the Philadelphia area. Giess often shares the stage with Yolanda Wisher and the Aftroeaters, Erik Kramer and Friends and also fronts his own band that brings flavors from his time in Louisiana to his original compositions and arrangements. Paul Giess is also an active music educator, working in classroom and private school settings and is the Education Coordinator at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitman Mixtape - Leonard GontarekLeonard Gontarek is the author of six books of poems, including, Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket, Shiva (2016). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore and The Best American Poetry. He coordinates Poetry In Common, Philly Poetry Day, The Phila Poetry Festival, and hosts The Green Line Reading & Interview Series. He has received Poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mudfish Poetry Prize, Philadelphia Writers Conference Community Service Award, and was a Literary Death Match Champion. His poem, 37 Photos From The Bridge, was a Poetry winner for the Big Bridges MotionPoems project in 2015, and was the basis for the award-winning film by Lori Ersolmaz. Leonard Gontarek is the Poetry Consultant for Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Dwayne GrannumDwayne Grannum is an attorney and Philadelphia native. While an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester, he studied classical voice and piano at the Eastman School of Music.  Early in his legal career, Grannum took a hiatus from law to pursue interests in music and arts education in the United Kingdom. Though he returned to the practice of law in 2010, he still performs and records music and maintains his involvement in the arts education community in the areas of early education and electronic music. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Bert HarrisBert Harris is a bassist in the Philadelphia World Beat, Blues and Jazz scene. He is a member of the Eye2Eye Trio, as well as Philly’s best known New Orleans funk, blues and reggae band, Philly Gumbo. Harris also performs with the Melange Jazz Collective, Timi Tanzania and the Dubway Reggae Band and ska-jazz band Rock$teady. He also leads his own ensemble, Jazz Planet. Bert Harris has performed with Byard Lancaster, Robert Kenyatta’s La Tumba, Bobby Watson, Khan Jamal, Elliott Levin, Jeannie Brooks and Brenda Smith. Bert has recorded two cd’s with the legendary saxophonist Byard Lancaster “Astral Link Hotel” and “Pam Africa,” available at Creative Improvised Music (CIMP). Philly Gumbo’s latest cd “Come and Get It” is available through CD Baby and Dusty Groove.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Rob HendersonRob H. Henderson is Jazz drummer from Philadelphia with a career that spans over two decades. His inimitable style combines influences from legendary stick men like: Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Kenny Clarke, and “Big” Sid Catlett. Henderson is an efficient jazz drummer, who plays in a variety of styles and is adamant about swingin’ hard. He has played and studied with Hank Mobley, Bootsie Barnes, Donald Byrd, “Philly” Joe Jones, Shirley Scott, Christian McBride and Larry McKenna. As a result, the bandstand was his school as a young musician. Henderson has released two CDs on the Philly Breakdown record label: Less is More and RH Positive. Rob H. Henderson is active locally doing radio and TV shows, as a well as concerts and club dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitman Mixtape - Malik Henry Malik Henry is a drummer and producer who honed his craft playing in his church alongside musicians like Stan Davis Jr, Henri McMillan, Jermaine Bryson and Louis Taylor. Henry further developed as a musician by joining Central High School’s Jazz band, where he was selected for the All City Jazz Band under the direction of Terrell Stafford. Since then, Henry has worked with Odean Pope, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alfie Pollitt and Adam Faulk. Currently, Malik Henry works as a producer and sound engineer through his company: ERA. Some of the artists he works with include Zeek Burse, Amari Rebel, Maya Simone and Eli Capella. Malik Henry has shared the stage with these artists at venues like World Cafe Live, Green Soul, The Fillmore, Temple Performing Arts Center and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Pam Hetherington Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia dancer, choreographer, composer and leader in the field of tap dance. Her current work expands the boundaries of jazz tap--as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer of original music. Soon after she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an honors degree in English, she obtained a Masters degree in English from the University of Virginia. Both degrees focused intently on 19th and 20th century American poetry. The Whitman Project has given her a rare chance to pursue her lifelong obsession with the languages of sound. She directs Take It Away Dance, a dance company that advances the scope of American tap dance and jazz music traditions through current choreography, modern compositions and progressive performance and is the owner of Sound Space, a percussive dance studio located in North Philadelphia.

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Richard Hill Richard Hill is an inventive acoustic and electric bassist. Deeply immersed in the Philadelphia music scene since high school, Hill is also a provocative improviser and genre-defying composer with strong roots in the church. He was the winner of the 2014 Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts awards for bass and has performed with Bobby Zankel, Sumi Tonooka, Alfie Pollitt, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Jymie Merritt’s Forerunners, Jackie Mclean, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Mickey Roker, the United States Army Band and others. He has also recorded with Javon Jackson, Jill Scott, Touch of Jazz Studios and the Korean Broadcasting Network.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Jim Holton Jim Holton is a Philadelphia area-based pianist, cellist, arranger and educator. He has worked with big bands such as Rhythm & Brass, Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, and Joe Sudler's Swing Machine. Holton has also worked with artists Clifford Adams, Larry McKenna, Tyrone Brown, Charles Fambrough, Mickey Roker and Cornell Rochester. Holton is a graduate of Temple University and is currently a Minister of Music at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA. He is also principal cellist with the Academy Chamber Society. Jim Holton teaches piano, cello, music theory, and improvisation and is on the faculty of Mercer County Community College in West Winsdor, New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

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Homer JacksonHomer Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist. As a young art student, jazz nurtured Jackson’s creativity. In 1980, Temple University’s jazz radio station WRTI recruited Jackson to host a weekly radio show. He has created performances in collaboration with artists such as the late AACM violinist, Leroy Jenkins, instrument maker and former AACM president, Douglas Ewart, as well as the Philly-based hip-hop band, The Roots. Jackson has exhibited and performed works at spaces such as Philagraphika, Painted Bride Arts Center and ICA/Philadelphia. He has received grants for his work from Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Homer Jackson is the director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the executive producer of this mixtape series.

 

 

 

 

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AlonzoH. Alonzo Jennings is a New Jersey-based retired art teacher who dabbles in poetry and photography. He is a graduate of Montclair State University and Princeton University. He began shooting 35mm photography in 1965. He began photographing Jazz Musicians after relocating from Nigeria to Philadelphia in the mid 1970s. He has photographed many of the worlds greatest jazz musicians in venues from the small clubs to the great jazz festivals at Newport, Detroit and New York. Jenning's poetry addresses themes of the human condition, social consciousness, individual responsibility, and culture. He has written four small volumes of poetry including: JOY & ENCOUNTERS WITH GOD.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan KaplowitzDaniel Kaplowitz is a Philadelphia area guitarist, bassist, educator, producer and composer. On a constant search for new sounds and approaches to the traditions of the past Kaplowitz's playing is soulful, angular, fearless and dynamic, containing elements of jazz, blues, R&B, rock and African rhythms, while being rooted in the sound and pulse of Philadelphia. Daniel Kaplowitz is currently active with multiple music projects including his trio Triptych, The Royal Noise and Darlingtyn, as well as recording and producing under Juboo Productions and teaching lessons under Kaplow Guitar & Bass Studies. He also hosts a bi-weekly all improv jam session called The City Wide Sessions In the Philadelphia area.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Jawanza KobieJawanza Kobie is a Delaware-based pianist and composer who has had two careers as a musician. In his youth, Kobie composed music for theater, television and film productions in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. Eventually, this led to him pursuing work as an electrician, which started a 33 year career with Philadelphia's transit company, SEPTA (Southeastern Transportation Authority). Since retiring from SEPTA, He has returned to his music, winning the coveted Jazz Residency from The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as becoming an Artist in Residence and Teaching Artist at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Jawanza Kobie performs with his several bands from trio to larger ensembles at festivals and other venues.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Alan LewineAlan Lewine is a bassist, composer and the founder of Owlsong Productions. Lewine has performed and recorded internationally. His latest project, Soprano Meets Bass – Sephardic Treasures, sets medieval Sephardic songs in a jazz/flamenco/Mideastern style. He was mentored by bassists Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, John Clayton and Leroy Vinnegar. Alan has worked with many Jazz artists including Richie Cole, Joe Henderson, Clifford Jordan, Henry Threadgill, Vinnie Golia, Anita O'Day, Sheila Jordan, Mose Allison, Roy Hargrove, Sweets Edison, Mickey Roker, Stephane Grapelli and many others. He currently serves on the boards of the International Society of Bassists and Philadelphia’s Jazz Bridge Project.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Ava LouiseAva Louise is a vocalist, musician and songwriter who grew up in Colorado. She left Colorado to pursue a graduate degree abroad in 2013 and upon her return to the US in 2015, her new career brought her to Philadelphia. The rich and soulful sounds of the Philadelphia music scene are a constant source of inspiration for her. She has performed at local venues including: The Rotunda, La Rose Jazz Club and Paris Bistro. Ava's work is influenced by jazz, folk and soul music. She is particularly inspired by the great female jazz artists Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn, as well as the popular singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape EMackErica McElveen is a multi-instrumentaist from Prince Georges County, Maryland. Now, living in Philadelphia, McElveen, also known as E Mack, is an educator at The Philadelphia Charter School For The Arts and Sciences where she serves as the Arts Department Co-Chair. Since graduating from Temple University in 2012, E Mack has played alongside some of Philadelphia's finest artists and musicians. She's played with recording artists Angie White and LeeMo and has worked with legendary producers, Paris Bowens and Jamar Jones. She recently opened a private event venue, Events at The Loft, located in Philadelphia where she hopes to provide musicians with a creative space to rehearse and perform.

 

 

 

 

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Jocko MacNellyJocko MacNelly is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and teacher. Though he considers Blues and Soul Music to be his "base camp," he takes great joy in covering a range of styles: Jazz, R&B, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, country, Bluegrass and much, much more. He has performed with such diverse talents as Billy Eckstine, Lou Donaldson, Phyllis Diller, Archie Bell, A House of Freaks, The Richmond (Va.) Symphony, Carter Beauford and Tim Reynolds. Since 1981, MacNelly has been teaching in colleges and universities, both in the classroom and to bass and guitar students. Former students have gone on to work with national acts including Herbie Hancock, Widespread Panic, Duke Robillard and the SNL band.

 

 

 

 

 

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TobyVEntTaylor Martin, professionally known as TobyVEnT, is a singer/songwriter who delivers timeless lyrics through powerful vocals.  With the support of her band, TobyVEnT delivers a musical experience that merges Soul and R&B with Rock and Jazz influences.  TobyVEnT has shared the stage with artists like Common, Elle Varner, Samoht, Marsha Ambrosius, Patti Smith, MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, Angie Stone, Syleena Johnson and more!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn McClintockAutumn McClintock has lived in Philadelphia for 15 years and works at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Poems of hers have recently appeared in The Account, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Permafrost, Poetry Daily, Sonora Review and others. Her chapbook, After the Creek, was published in 2016. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares, serves on the city’s Poet Laureate Selection Committee, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtapes - Brendan McGeehanBrendan McGeehan is a trained recording engineer and studied musician. McGeehan is a staff engineer, producer, arranger, and session musician at Forge Recording in Oreland, PA. He also works out of Retro City Studios in Germantown, as well as Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken. He helps produce monthly jazz salons @exuberance in Kensington, where he records every concert. He also teaches sound design at Lebanon Valley College. On the live stage, Brendan currently plays bass and keyboards for Weekender, Matt Spitko, The York Street Hustle, Aaron Parnell Brown, The Right Fiction and Minas. He also regularly performs with Joshua Howard, Matt Santry, Vince Tampio and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Michelle MyersMichelle Myers is an award-winning poet, community activist and educator. She draws from her personal experiences as a biracial Korean American woman to write poetry that challenges misconceptions of Asianness. She has presented at the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bowery Poetry Club, Asian American Writers Workshop and Sierra Arts Foundation. As a member of the Asian American spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, she was one of the first Asian American women to appear on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Myers attempts to employ the power of spoken word poetry in the hopes of taking audiences on a journey that educates, challenges and inspires.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Anam Owili-EgerAnam Owili-Eger is a much-in-demand Philadelphia-based pianist and vocalist, known for his versatility and dazzling improvisational skills. He has performed with Terrell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Bobby Zankel, Monnette Sudler, Matthew Clayton, Elliott Levin, Keith DeStefano and many others. Anam is able to adapt effortlessly to any musical style, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, latin, drum and bass, and hip hop. He performs with the Philly-based, biggish Jazz band, Puzzlebox. He is the founding member of the jazz fusion group, Blue Scheme and the avant groove bands, “Yellowbrain and The Living Sample.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remedy - Jeff PodlogarJeff Podlogar aka J Poplar is a musician who gets his inspiration from the forest. His guitar playing is reminiscent of each living aspect of the woods. The sunrise birds, the steady stream, the great oak, all inspire J Poplar’s guitar riffs. You can find him deep in the Wissahickon wandering the various hiking trails while wondering what sound may inspire his next song. Jeff is also the co-owner of Germantown Espresso Bar, a coffee shop and community space in Germantown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remedy - Odean PopeOdean Pope is a legendary and world renowned Jazz musician from Philadelphia. As a young Philly artist he was associated with musicians John Coltrane and Jymie Merritt. Pope began his music career performing at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater where he worked with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and James Brown. In the 1960s, Pope performed with Jimmy McGriff and Max Roach, building a strong relationship with the later that led to decades of international touring and recording. Pope began working more as a band leader, most notably with the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir and Odean Pope Trio. Pope has also been battling with Bipolar Disorder for over 30 years and has become a public advocate for individuals struggling with the disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim PriceTim Price is a saxophonist and educator from Reading, Pennsylvania. He teaches jazz saxophone at the New School University in New York City. Price has authored three books on sax playing. His writings on jazz appears regularly in the Saxophone Journal, where he has been a writer for 18 years. During his career, Price has performed with musicians like Bennie Green, Lew Tabackin, Ray Drummond, Jon Mayer, Shirley Scott, Trudy Pitts, Don Patterson, Gary Burton, Alan Dawson, Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones, Major Holly, Phil Woods, Bill Doggett, Rachel Z and many others. Tim Price performs and facilitates music clinics around the globe.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Frank ReinFrank Rein is a trombonist, composer and educator living and working in Philadelphia. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, he studied trombone at the University of the Arts. Rein's creative approach is not constrained to any one form, or style of sound and has led him to collaborate with artists in many genres. He is a member of the large jazz ensemble Abstract Truth, the Balkan brass-inspired West Philadelphia Orchestra, the Neo-Soul collective Ode to Omni, the pop-reggae band, Kings & Comrades and the Chris Paterno Band. He also collaborates frequently with Evan Cory Levine & His Singular Band and the Space Whale Orchestra, a free jazz collective.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remedy - Kim Pedro Kimpedro Rodriguez is a visual artist and musician with over 30 years of experience. He is a product of the culturally diverse Spring Garden section of North Philadelphia and in 2012, he created Kimpedro's NU GRuV Network: a diverse collective of artists. He has worked with artists like Tyrone Brown, DM Hotep, Robert Kenyatta, Byard Lancaster, Raphael Xavier, Marcell Bellinger and Kendrah Butler. Kimpedro has performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, World Café Live, The Kimmel Center, The Franklin Institute, Welcome America Festival, and many other venues. Kimpedro Rodriguez is a creative arts instructor for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Ana Maria Ruimonte Ana María Ruimonte is a classical singer from Madrid, Spain, based in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She sang with the leading opera of Madrid, performing in the Royal Theater, as well as with the Spanish National Orchestra and Chorus. Ruimonte has traveled to Cuba where she researched, developed, performed, and recorded a series of classical music projects in collaboration with Cuban musicians. Her latest project, Slavery, Miscegenation & Liberation will present Cuban classical songs of the last 100 years reflecting themes of the title, and will be workshopped at CultureWorks during Fall 2019.  Ana María Ruimonte serves as President of Owlsong Productions. Her mission is to bring classical vocal music to wider audiences throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Bernard SamuelBernard Samuel is a Philadelphia-based pianist influenced by R&B vocal groups like The Harptones and The Temptations, as well as the lyrical stylings of jazz pianists like Hank Jones, Red Garland and Kenny Barron. Samuel mixes these influences to forge a style that's all of his own. He has performed with artists like Hank Mobley, Philly Joe Jones, Cecil Payne, Carl & Earl Grubbs, Jimmy Merritt, Tyrone Brown, Bootsie Barnes, Duck Scott, Johnny Lytle and George V. Johnson Jr. For many years, Samuel worked with the legendary Philly saxophonist, Little Jimmy Oliver. Bernard Samuel currently performs with duo’s, trios or quartets at various hotels, restaurants, jazz clubs, as well as private affairs throughout the Mid Atlantic region.
 

 

 

 

 

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Remedy - Stan SlotterStan Slotter is a multi-instrumentalist musician, best known for his work as a trumpeter. Slotter has been active on the Philadelphia music scene for many years. Classically trained on trumpet and flute, he decided early on that jazz, Latin, and popular music were closer to his heart. Slotter began playing professionally at age 15 and has since developed a successful career as a versatile freelance player. Stan Slotter's favorite musical styles include jazz and Latin jazz, salsa and world music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remedy - James SolomonJames Solomon is a Philadelphia songwriter who began his career in the mid 1960’s working with singer Eddie Holman. In 2017, he collaborated with Alfie Pollitt and Walter Sorey to create the Juneteenth song, “No Longer Bound.” Solomon has contributed songs to several Philadelphia Jazz Project productions including Love Notes, Feathers, Celebrating Ted Curson & Bill Barron and more recently The John Henry-Sounds Of Progress Suite. James Solomon is a co-producer of the Remedy Project Mixtapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Brittanie SternerBrittanie Sterner is a Philadelphia-based poet, who recently won the Walt Whitman "Sound-ALike" contest organized by Leonard Gontarek and Green Line Poetry Series. She is also a runner-up for the 2019 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. She directs the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book, One Philadelphia project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ed Stokes Papa Ed Stokes is a vocalist, instrument maker and multi-instrumentalist who plays more than a dozen instruments. Stokes has studied the Ngoni and Kamale Ngoni, stringed African instruments, with West African Masters Mamadou Sidibie and Cheick Hamala Diabate. He's also studied the African-inspired, American instrument, the Diddley Bow with Mississippi master, Glen Faulkner. Stokes has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia International House and the  Painted Bride Art Center. Ed Stokes is also a member of the roots music duo, Kunu Bi along with collaborator, the renowned percussionist, Tom Lowery.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Jasmine ThompsonJasmine Thompson is a Philadelphia-based pianist. She desires to nourish your magnetic field with classical piano. With a focus on the romantic era, Jasmine attended Maplewood Music Studio for 15 years and Temple Boyer School of Music for 2 years. She was introduced to piano by her mother, noticing that Jasmine couldn't sit still and needed a complex, busy project. She is now working to conquer Chopin's 21 nocturnes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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kvalentineKevin Valentine is a Philadelphia-based Jazz singer, who was born and bred in New York City. He was an early member of the Boys Choir of Harlem where he first met Philly’s ubiquitous bass player, Mike Boone. Kevin has done “Amateur Night at the Apollo” and performed at New York City clubs such as Smoke, the West End and Somethin’ Jazz Café. Since coming to Philly to attend law school, Kevin has  soaked up the city’s rich jazz culture. He has performed at Zanzibar Blue, Pyramid Club, Rembrandt’s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, La Rose and Chris’s Jazz Cafe. Kevin was nominated Best Male Jazz Vocalist of 2013 by the Clef Club of Philadelphia and his CD “JazzVox” provides insight into his approach to the music.

 

 

 

 

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Whitman Mixtape - Emily ZeitlynEmily Ana Zeitlyn was born on a kitchen table in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park to an audience of counter-culture macrobiotics. After many years of listening to only the best--old r&b, jazzy torch songs and early 80’s top 40--she picked up a guitar and started writing her own tunes and formed bands The Weeds and then Arc Divers, as well as playing solo. Her songs have been described as equal parts stabbing lyric, extreme dynamic and darling melody to whisper to the sadder side of your soul. She now lives in Germantown with her girlfriend, teenage son, a dog, two cats, chickens, bees, a bearded dragon, and a bunch of ghosts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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